"In my work, I interrogate issues of representation by combining traditional and advanced technological tools that focus on looking critically at the dynamic relationship between the producers of images and its consumers (audience/popular culture). This methodology allows me a space from which to problematize terms such as "traditional," "authentic," "popular," and "folk" as socially constructed spaces that we constantly reinterpret as active participants rather than passive observers."
Interdisciplinary Artist: Melissa A. Carrillo is a native to the desert Southwest, born in El Paso, Texas. She is a fine art photographer, installation artist, and virtual exhibition designer, originally trained in Photodocumentary. Ms. Carrillo began freelancing early on in her career, mainly for local and regional publications such as The Rio Grande Review (El Paso, Tx. 1989), New Mexico Magazine (Santa Fe, NM. 1990), The Pass of the North (El Paso, Tx. 1989) and the El Paso City Times.
Exhibitions: Her first significant group showing was sponsored by the University of Texas at El Paso in the fall of 1988. Since then Ms. Carrillo’s work has been featured in several group shows and *one person shows at museums and cultural art centers, including The El Paso Museum of Art (May 1993); "The Governor’s Exhibition," a traveling exhibition that toured major museums throughout the central and southwestern part of the states, with an opening show in Austin, Tx,(December 92, organized by the Texas Photographic Society); The Rhode Island School of Design, a showing of work done in Paris (May 1992); Speos Studio in Paris, a collection of group work done in winter session (February 1992); The Art Center College of Design (May 1991); The Rio Grande Review (fall 1988 and spring 1989); The University of Texas at El Paso, group show 1988. Following three recent exhibitions with Agora Gallery in SOHO, New York (Figure Induced-Oct.1995; Luminous in Focus-Nov.1996; Through The Lens-April 1998) and with *The Glass Gallery in El Paso,Texas (Sanctified Visions-1998); and with the *Maud Sullivian Gallery (Parallel), El Paso Public Library (March 7,1999).
Project "SpaceBuddies" an educational online pilot program geared toward borderland school children in El Paso, Texas. Sponsored by the University of Texas at El Paso and NASA (1998). Program Director, Dr. Henry T. Ingle.
A collaboration with the University of Texas at El Paso, Library/Special Collections department and The Smithsonian Institution Center for Latino Initiatives in Washington, DC:"Revealing Personal Identity: The Indigenous Vision of Manuel Carrillo." A Virtual Exhibition. Exhibition curator and designer for The Smithsonian Institution's Center for Latino Initiatives
Education: Smithsonian Graduate Fellow receipent under the Office of Fellowships and Grants (Oct.-Dec 1999); and under the Smithsonian Institution Center for Latino Initiatives (two week training seminar in Qualitative Methodologies, July 1999 and predoctorial fellowship, Jan-March 2000). University of Texas at El Paso. Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, 1997-1999. Photographic Workshops in France. Speros Studio, Paris. 1991-1992 (under the direction of Fine Art Photographer Maryjean Viano Crowe and fashion photographer Pierre Yves-Mahe (Speos founder/director). Art Center College of Design (B.F.A). Pasadena, CA. 1989-1991. University of Texas at El Paso. B.A. Journalism, 1989.